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NCJ Number: 98258 Find in a Library
Title: National Conference of the Judiciary on the Rights of Victims of Crime - Victims' Experience
Author(s): Anonymous
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: National Tribal Judicial Ctr
Reno, NV 89557
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Tribal Judicial Ctr
National Judicial College
Judicial College Building/MS 358
Reno, NV 89557
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this video cassette, three crime victims recount their victimizations and the psychological and financial aftermaths, as well as their treatment by the criminal justice system. The panel moderator, an associate professor of psychology, then describes the immediate and long-term psychological effects of criminal victimization.
Abstract: The three victims include one who was shot in the robbery of his store, one who was kidnapped and raped, and one who is the mother of a murder victim. The robbery and shooting victim tells of the medical treatment, extended care, and disability that resulted from his wounding. He now lives on only Social Security disability income. A second victim describes her kidnapping and rape, her rescue, her treatment by the police and judicial system, and the long-term psychological effects of her experience. Her grievances against the criminal justice system in the processing of her case are a general insensitivity to the psychological impact of the crime, the failure to structure privacy into pretrial conferences, needless trial delays and continuances, and resistance to victim input at sentencing. The account of the mother of a murder victim focuses on her family's treatment by the criminal justice system compared to the treatment of the accused. Complaints against the system include treating victims insensitively while focusing its resources on protecting the rights of the accused, resisting victim input in case processing, and failing to respond to long-term victim needs precipitated by the crime, while providing extensive care and treatment for offender. The panel moderator explains the psychological jolt experienced by victims of violent crime and the ongoing psychological reliving of the incident through random environmental 'cues' that trigger the psychological and physical reactions elicited by the crime.
Index Term(s): Psychological victimization effects; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims; Victim impact statements; Victim reactions to crime; Victim services; Videotapes; Witness assistance
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